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Juanita Elaine McLeroy

May 9, 1920 – December 8, 2007

Juanita Elaine McLeroy, 87, of Bryan passed away Saturday, December 8, 2007. Services are set for 10:30 a.m. Thursday, December 13 at Memorial Funeral Chapel in Bryan. Interment will follow at Bryan City Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, December 12 at the funeral home.

Nita was born near New Baden, Texas, on May 9, 1920, to Phillip and Hattie Brunette as the fifth of eight children. She attended New Baden schools where she graduated as a salutatorian and was a member of the state championship play-off volleyball team.

Nita married to John “Mac” Steele McLeroy on November 5, 1938, and later she moved to Coronado, Calif., where Mac was stationed during World War II as a U.S. Navy seaman.

While living in California, Nita learned floral design. After the war, Nita and Mac returned to Texas and in August 1949, established Nita’s Flowers in Bryan.

Her successful business produced the floral elements in life’s important events, which included births, celebrations, weddings and funerals. During her 53 years in the business, Nita worked with thousands of brides and families, spanning three generations.

She was recognized as a distinguished business woman of the year and the Florists’ Transworld Delivery (FTD) consistently named her shop as one of the leading florists in the United States. Her designs are featured in publications that are still used as teaching guides in university floriculture classes.

Even though Nita was a role model for the successful women of today, her love and commitment to family was her life.

Survivors include her husband of 69 years, John Steele McLeroy of Bryan; sister and brother-in-law, Julia and James Griffin of Arlington, Texas; daughters and sons-in-law, Margie and Glen Streater and Tina and Lloyd Goeschl, all of Bryan, and Trish and Arvo Buck of Houston; five grandchildren and their spouses, Mandy and Bill Barkley, Jon Paul and Allison Tucker, all of Bryan, Reisha and Bill Rust of Jacksonville, Fla., Arvo Q. and Renee Buck of Iraan, Texas, and Ian V. Buck of Houston; nine great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family would like to express our deepest gratitude to the numerous caregivers that helped Nita over the last five years, with a special thanks to Ruby Mosley.

In keeping with Nita’s spirit as well as the spirit of the season, we ask you to share beauty with friends, to share the feast of the holidays and to love one another.


 

 

 

 

Published in The Bryan-College Station Eagle from 12/10/2007 – 12/12/2007.

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